May 4, 2017, 3:48 PM | Updated: Jan 15, 2021, 6:10 am

I would like to nominate Sherri Lords for the KSL Teacher Feature Award. I have had the privilege to work with Mrs. Lords, as her principal, for the past four years. Mrs. Lords has taught several grades at the elementary level, served as a teacher leader, and is now teaching fourth grade. In my 23 years in education, I have worked with teachers who are compassionate and dedicated, those who are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure students achieve, and those with the people skills necessary to make students and parents alike feel as if they won the lottery when getting this person as a teacher. What sets Mrs. Lords apart from others, is that she embodies all of these qualities and more.

If you spend any time in Mrs. Lords’ class you will notice the small things she does that seem to come naturally to her. She looks her students in the eyes, she kneels to get on their level, she frequently calls them ‘honey’ as she encourages them to do their best work. When a student answers a question wrong in front of the class, she kindly thanks them for an excellent try and lets them know she’s proud that they are willing to take a risk by answering. The majority of the children attending Red Mountain Elementary are at risk in some way. Nearly 80% live in some form of poverty including a high percentage of homeless children. Mrs. Lords welcomes each child into her school ‘family’ and makes each one feel as if they are her favorite. Students living in stressful situations come to school and feel safe, loved, and believed in.
Not only does Mrs. Lords create a warm learning environment, she also teaches with extremely high expectations. While some may say students coming from such at risk backgrounds can’t achieve at high levels, Mrs. Lords happily tackles the extra challenge of working with students who may not have parental support at home, a warm meal, or a soft bed to sleep in. She understands that her students will rise to her expectations and she keeps them high, offering her scaffolding along the way. Students look forward to her engaging science experiments, her hands-on learning, and her creative ways of delivering typically mundane content. Mrs. Lords is always the first to sign up for extra teacher training. She loves implementing new ideas and strategies into her classroom and she is always willing to model such methods for other teachers. She recently led a team of computer coders to a local competition. Setting our school apart as the only school on the elementary level to compete.

Each year I have a stack of requests from parents and future fourth graders asking if they can please be placed in Mrs. Lords’ class. Her willingness to go the extra mile every day, to stay in constant communication with her students’ parents, and to tackle even the toughest of students is apparent to all who know her. I can’t think of a teacher more deserving of this award.
– Amy Mitchell

Today’s Top Stories

hate crime death penalty...
Curt Gresseth

Polarization is behind US mass shootings, says psychiatrist

A psychiatrist discusses why mental health disorders are not the reason behind mass shootings in America but rather polarization of US society is to blame.
22 hours ago
Ogden police car...
Mark Jones

Ogden-Weber Technical College evacuated due to bomb threat; no bomb found

Weber County emergency personnel responded to the Ogden-Weber Technical College Wednesday afternoon for a report of bomb threat. After a search of the campus, no device was found.
22 hours ago
Black Rifle Coffee...
Lindsay Aerts

Black Rifle Coffee, Dallas Cowboys take heat for timing of business partnership

The timing of a business partnership between Utah-based Black Rifle Coffee and the Dallas Cowboys has generated a lot of emotions on social media.
22 hours ago
south jordan police...
Mark Jones

Two children hurt in auto-pedestrian collision in South Jordan

South Jordan police say two children are in critical condition after a auto-pedestrian collision Wednesday. Both children were taken to Primary Children's Hospital.
22 hours ago
Local environmental groups are taking a victory lap now that a medical waste incinerator in North S...
Lindsay Aerts

Stericycle can no longer burn medical waste in SLC, but the fight to stop toxic pollutants may not be over

Local environmental groups are taking a victory lap now that a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake belonging to Stericycle, has been shut down.
22 hours ago
Utah Fire Info says the Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained. Photo Credit: Utah Fire Info....
Devin Oldroyd

Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained, Utah Fire Info says

Utah Fire Info says the Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained after days of firefighters combating the blaze.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.